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Manchester Theatre Awards announce winners

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The Lowry in Salford has won in six categories at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2011.

The awards, which have been rebranded after losing support from the Manchester Evening News, also saw the Bolton Octagon triumph in four categories and Manchester Royal Exchange in three.

Meanwhile, the Royal Exchange’s outgoing artistic director Braham Murray was recognised with a special award.

The awards in full were:

Best Production

The Price, directed by David Thacker for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best Actor

Con O’Neill, in A View From The Bridge at the Royal Exchange

Best Actress

Margot Leicester, in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Alan Taylor, in The Price at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Shannon Tarbet, in Mogadishu at the Royal Exchange

Best New Play

Secret Thoughts, by David Lodge at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Best Newcomer

Matthew Tennyson, in Beautiful Thing at the Royal Exchange

Best Studio Performance

Matthew Ganley, in God Wept And The Devil Laughed at The Lowry Studio

Best of the Fringe

Sherica, from Balloon Head and Shred Productions at the 24:7 Festival

Best Design

Hard Times, design Judith Croft; light Nick Richings; sound Peter Rice, Library Theatre at Murrays’ Mills, Manchester

Best Musical

Ghost The Musical, at the Opera House

Best Visiting Production

One Man, Two Guv’nors, from the National Theatre at The Lowry

Best Actor in a Visiting Production

Rory Kinnear, in Hamlet, from the National Theatre at The Lowry

Best Actress in a Visiting Production

Sharon D Clarke, in Ghost The Musical at the Opera House

Best Special Entertainment

The Life And Death Of Marina Abramovic, for Manchester International Festival at The Lowry

Best Opera

The Portrait, from Opera North at The Lowry

Best Dance

Cinderella, from Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Lowry

Special Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in the North West

Braham Murray, artistic director Manchester Royal Exchange

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